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New Orleans’ assessor removed about 700 improper homestead exemptions last year

nola.com BY JEFF ADELSON | Staff writer The Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office and the city’s Office of Inspector General found hundreds of improper homestead exemptions and removed them from the property tax rolls last year, Assessor Erroll Williams announced Wednesday. The clean-up included the discovery of numerous properties receiving the exemption even though the owner...

New Orleans IG teams up with Council President to stop bid rigging on city contracts after Smart Cities investigation

updated: 6:23 PM CST Jan 10, 2024 Cassie Schirm, Investigative Reporter NEW ORLEANS — False swearing, maintaining false public documents and bid rigging that is what the Office of Inspector General and the City Council is trying to fight with new legislation after the Inspector General says all that happened with the abandoned “smart cities”...

New Orleans OIG says sheriff wasted $11,000 for unoccupied Mardi Gras hotel rooms

wdsu.com  Aubry Killion Investigative Reporter Updated: 6:50 PM CDT Nov 1, 2023 NEW ORLEANS —A bombshell update to a WDSU Investigation. WDSU Investigates first reported Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson spent more than $18,000 to house high-ranking employees in high-end hotel rooms for Carnival 2023. The report says 90 room nights were paid for. The...

‘Change the locks’: New Orleans City Council ends mayoral use of Pontalba apartment

nola.com BY BEN MYERS | Staff writer   New Orleans mayors will no longer have access to a city-controlled apartment in Jackson Square after City Council members on Thursday quashed Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s veto of an ordinance ending the longtime perk. With a 5-2 vote, the City Council upheld a measure requiring that the French Market...

OIG says New Orleans mayor’s 4-person security team cost taxpayers more than $414,000 last year

wdsu.com Updated: 7:38 PM CDT Apr 27, 2023 Cassie Schirm, Investigative Reporter   A call for more supervision over those protecting the New Orleans mayor, the Office of Inspector General just released a report raising concerns over a lack of procedure in place for Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s executive detail. “We determined that the executive protection team did...

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